Do Garage Door Openers Have a Reset Button?

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Although garage door openers are great devices to open and close your garage door, they can occasionally develop faults leading to difficulties in opening your garage door remotely. There are different types of faults the garage door opener might develop, and some may necessitate a complete reboot.

Many people often need clarification about the possibility or the feasibility of resetting a garage door opener. You might wonder if it is possible to reset a garage door opener, and the possible methods to go about it. Well, we will discuss all of these and more in this article.

Almost all garage door openers have a reset button.  If you are using the new model of garage door openers, you must know that they all come with a button that can reset the system. Older models of garage door openers also have a reset button. Although the mode of operation for the older models is slightly different, you can still easily reset them as long as you follow the right steps.

How Do I Tell If My Garage Door Opener Is the Old or New Model?

It is relatively easy to confirm the model of the garage door opener you use. All you need to do is check the main unit of your garage door opener. All new models of garage door openers come with buttons instead of switches. Once you see a “learn” or “home” button on your garage door opener, it means you are using a new model.

On the other hand, if you see switches instead of buttons on your garage door opener, it simply means you are using the old model.  You can easily call an expert if you need further confirmation on the model you use. 

Telling if your garage door opener is the old or new model is pretty important, as it determines how you go about resetting the garage door. As stated earlier, the way to reset the new model of your garage door opener is completely different from how you reset the old model.

How to Reset the Old Model of your Garage Door Opener

Most old models of garage door openers often use the DIP (dual-in-line package). This system relies on radio frequencies and switches to function efficiently. 

Resetting the garage door opener of this system is pretty easy. All you need to do is ensure the switches are in the same position as the remote and main unit. Open the outer cover of the remote and door opener and check if the switches match. If they don’t, take a tiny object and slide the switches on the remote till they match the ones on the main unit. 

Once you do this, you can go ahead and put the covers of the remote and the main units back on. Test the remote to see if it is working efficiently.  If it is, you can be sure that you have successfully reset the old model of your garage door opener.

How to Reset the New Model of my Garage Door Opener

Resetting the new model of my garage door opener is pretty easy, as it is something that can be done within minutes.  You must know that there are 2 methods to reset your garage door openers. They are:

  • The manual method
  • The remote method

Resetting your garage door opener using any of these methods is easy. Right below is a guide on how to reset your garage door opener using each of the methods listed above.

1. Using the Manual Method

Resetting your garage door opener using the manual method simply involves resetting the device from its main unit directly. Here is a guide on how to reset the garage door opener from the main unit.

2. Locate the Learn Button on the Opener Unit

This is the first thing you must do if you want to reset your garage door opener manually from the main unit. You must take your time to look for and locate the learn or home button on your garage door opener unit.

Locating the button is easy, as most buttons are close to the LED light on the antenna on the garage door opener. Once you have located the LED light at the back or front of the garage door opener, you will see the learn button next to it.

3. Unlink the Remote Controls to the Garage Door Opener

Once you have successfully located the learn button, the next thing you must do is unlink the remote control to your garage door opener. You can do this by simply pressing the learn button down for a couple of seconds.

When you hold and press the learn button down on your garage door opener, you erase the remote, settings, or devices linked to your garage door opener. The LED light on your garage door opener will flash or blink for a couple of seconds.  Once the LED light blinks, you have successfully reset the garage door opener.

4. Resetting the Garage Door Opener Using the Remote

Although this method often comes after you have done the manual method, you should know that you can actually reset your garage door opener using your remote. Once you have unlinked the remote from your garage door opener, the LED light will blink showing the garage door opener is available for a new pairing.

Once this happens, press the buttons on your remote control. The LED light on the garage door opener should continue blinking as you do this. Press the keypads on the remote to enter the pin. Once you have done this, press the learn button on your remote.  

You must wait for about 30 seconds, as it takes as long as a minute for the paring or programming to be complete.  Once the remote has successfully paired, you can go ahead and control the garage door using your remote.

How to Reset a Liftmaster Garage Door Opener

Liftmaster garage door openers are one of the most popular garage door openers you will find. Many people use this brand as it is highly efficient, durable, and affordable. However, there may be times when they get lost on how to reset the Liftmaster garage door opener.

You must know that resetting the Liftmaster garage door opener is very easy.  Like other new models of garage door openers, all you need to do is press the learn button on the main unit of your Liftmaster

Ensure you press the button down until the light flashes. Once you see the led light flashing, it means you have successfully reset your Liftmaster garage door opener.

You can go ahead and input a new code on your remote to change the code of your Liftmaster garage door opener. Once you have done this, you can easily open or close your garage door opener using the remote.

What Are the Possible Factors that Lead to a Garage Door Opener Reset?

Several factors might necessitate resetting your garage door openers. Here are some of the factors below:

1. A Blown Fuse

This is one of the most common factors that might necessitate the reset of your garage door opener. If the fuse of your garage door opener s blown, there is a pretty good chance it will affect the capacity for your garage door opener to work smoothly.

Several things can cause a blown fuse for your garage door opener. They include a power surge, a burnt wire, or a faulty capacitor. A broken electrical cord is also among the things that can cause a blown fuse for your garage door opener.

When these things happen, you have to replace the fuse of your garage door opener. Once you have replaced the fuse, you must reset your garage door opener to work effectively with the remote.

2. Loss of Remote/ Cannot Remember the Old Code

If you have misplaced or cannot find the remote to your garage door opener, you need to get a new remote. Getting a new remote means you have to reprogramme the garage door opener. To pair your garage door opener with the new remote, you must reset or reboot the device.

Apart from misplacing the old remote, forgetting the keypad code is another thing that might necessitate resetting your garage door opener. If you cannot remember the code to your garage door opener, you can easily reset your garage door opener and type in a new code to open your garage door.

3. Change of Location/ Move into a New Place

This is another thing that might necessitate your resetting or rebooting of your garage door opener. If you changed your location and you are trying to install your garage door opener in your new apartment, you will need to change or reset your garage door opener.

More often than not, your garage door opener remote will not work except you reset the entire device.  Once you do the reset, your garage door opener will work in your new apartment.

4. Suspicious Activities in your Neighborhood

If there is a high crime rate in your neighborhood, it will be a pretty smart idea to reset your door opener from time to time. This way, you reduce the chances of an intruder getting access to your garage door code.

Many cases of burglary often result from thieves getting access to the security code of the house. If you change or reset your garage door opener at least once a month, the chances of visitors or intruders getting access to your garage door code are pretty much reduced.

What Are the Common Signs of a Faulty Garage Door Opener?

Some different pointers or signs let you know you have a faulty garage door opener. Here are some of the pointers below.

1. The Remote Won’t Work

This is the first thing that lets you know you have one or two issues with your garage door opener. If your garage door opener doesn’t work despite you pressing the open or close button, you might have a faulty garage door opener. 

Check the batteries of your remote to confirm if they are working well. If it isn’t a battery problem, you might need to call an expert to check your garage door opener.

2. Garage Door Opens Mid-way and Closes Back

there is a problem with your garage door opener the moment you notice your garage door opener is opening or closing mid-way. Your garage door opener ought to open and close fully. Once it stops mid-way, you must call an expert to check the garage door opener and tracks.


Conclusion

Although you can easily reset your garage door opener, you must know that the method to reset your garage door opener depends on the type and model of garage door opener you use. 

We have discussed the resetting methods available for each model of garage door opener. We have also discussed possible things that might necessitate the reset of your garage door opener. Simply read through to get all the information you need.

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Written by Timothy Amin

Timothy is a seasoned expert when it comes to garage doors. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, John has installed, repaired, and maintained countless garage doors of various types and styles.